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Santa Tecla diary – day 5

The children's version of Santa Tecla, Tarragona

There must be something truly magic in being a child in Tarragona; instead of opening a book of stories before bedtime you become one it’s main character and walk in to labyrinthine alleys filled with dragons, giants and nights of fire.

There are two versions to Santa Tecla, one for adults and one children (Santa Tecla Petita).  All the main characters have been reduced in size and the children take over the roles of devils, dancers, human tower builder and musician s with relish. The impact is just as electrifying as the real thing with the streets exploding in light and excited screams. There is even a children’s band closing the procession playing Amparito Roca, the fabulously uplifting piece of music by Jaime Texidor and quintessential main theme to Santa Tecla.

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